This is always going to be one of, if not the most romantically charged month of any year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August in your romantic sector. Whether it is the most romantically charged month will depend on where Venus, planet of love is, for while she travels with the Sun, if she is running ahead of schedule she may have been and gone by now or running behind schedule, may be late to arrive. This year Venus is running bang on schedule and while she will leave your romantic sector on the 6th August, she'll still be here when a New Moon on the 3rd August brings a chance to commit to following your heart, embracing the spirit of romance and the journey ahead. Mercury left on the 31st July, allowing you to still move into the month with the means to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. With Venus leaving so early in the month, the Sun leaving on the 23rd August and then no more planetary activity in your romantic sector for the rest of the year, there is a degree of urgency this year and when you zoom out and look at the big picture you can see why. There will be clues in the final days of the month, with Venus' return to your relationship sector on the 30th August triggering relationship confidence, desires and expectations that might seem out of step with your reality. Though Venus is the planet of love and guardian of your relationships she is like a pilot car that drives with a heavy load, with the heavy load being lucky Jupiter's return on the 9th September, kicking off your most important relationship year in over a decade.
Apart from the very early days of the month, when Mars' final days in your relationship sector will have the focus on your relationships and then during the Moon's visit from the 9th August to the 12th August, this month belongs to the love gods. Mars returned to your relationship sector on the 4th January for what should have been a six week visit and with lucky Jupiter making his first visit to your romantic sector in over a decade and last for another 11 years, this put a lot of focus on your relationships, at the expense of matters of the heart and all things romantic. While Mars will leave you with a clear sense of what you're fighting for on the relationship front and the Moon's visit will be a chance to revisit this, the moment he leaves the love gods will be locking the door and claiming ownership of the month and not a moment too soon. With Jupiter leaving on the 9th September this is the planet of luck and expansion's last full month here and if this really has been your luckiest year for love, then it has to happen now. However, the reality is that neither you, Jupiter, nor the love gods were ready until now and while it would be nice to blame the relationship gods, until now the timing hasn't been right. Things started to move when Mercury returned to your romantic sector on the 31st July for what should be a 15 day visit aimed at giving your heart a voice and putting heart and mind on the same page, yet it is clear from the get go that the planet of communication is in no hurry. It is Venus, planet of love's return to your romantic sector on the 6th August that sets everything alight, with the most romantically charged weeks of 2016 coming together with the most romantically charged months in a decade to make things happen. While Venus will leave on the 30th August, by which point Jupiter will be in his final weeks and the Sun, who returns on the 23rd August will be throwing the solar spotlight on matters of the heart. In the final hours of the month the love gods throw in one more surprise, with Mercury's retrograde turn on the 31st August opening the doors to the past and second chances, in the final days of your luckiest year for love in over a decade.
While there is a definite sense of anticipation on the romantic front this month, something that the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 7th August to the 9th August will pick up on, this won't be realised until the final days of the month and even then, this is more a stepping stone to what comes next. For the most part August belongs to the communication and relationship gods and while this will remain the case for the rest of the year, it is less because they will step back and more that the love gods are getting ready to step up. With no planetary activity in your romantic sector since 2015 Venus, planet of love's return on the 30th August was always going to trigger the most romantically charged weeks of the year and something that is well worth waiting for. Yet when the Moon moves through earlier in the month romantically charged lunar vibes are likely to suggest something much bigger than an annual update. What you're picking up on is the fact that lucky Jupiter is drawing close to his return to your romantic sector on the 9th September, with Venus returning just 10 days before your luckiest year for love and matters of the heart in over a decade begins. While the love gods are busy making your life as love friendly as possible this month, the communication and relationship gods are working together to support a massive relationship turnaround. It begins with Mars' return to your relationship sector on the 3rd August and is followed just 10 days later by Saturn's retrograde phase, with the two coming together to turn your relationships around and move things forward. With support from Uranus, who is spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your communication sector, this comes with a chance throughout the month to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.
While you move into the month with the support of both the love and relationship gods you end the month with just the relationship gods on board, but it is not because you are being abandoned and all because the love gods will decide that enough is enough, that the trainer wheels need to come off. That you even have that option shouldn't be happening, for with October and November always the most romantically charged months of any year for you, the love gods should be nowhere to be seen and especially once Venus, planet of love left Cancer last month. However, you have an over stayer in your romantic sector in the form of Mars, planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos, who returned to your romantic sector on the 4th January for what should have been a six week visit aimed at fuelling your romantic passions and fighting spirit. Mars did leave in early March, but a change of mind saw him retrograde back in for a double dip visit in late May. Mars will reluctantly leave on the 3rd August, almost seven months to the day after returning for what should have been a six week visit. However, the love gods aren't deserting you, for with Venus returning next month, despite the enormous input already made, the most romantically charged weeks of 2016 are still in front of you. If all Mars has done is wake you up to what you're fighting for, then he will have done his job. The Moon's return to your romantic sector from the 9th August to the 12th August will see romantically charged lunar vibes step in to keep Mars' romantic passions and fighting spirit alive, but for the most part this is going to give your relationships a turn. As Pluto spends his last full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector lucky Jupiter is spending his last full month in your communication sector, with the communication and relationship gods working together throughout the month to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.
While there is no doubt that August is a major month for matters of the heart, this is something that will unfold in several layers during the first half of the month, making it important to move into the month with an open heart and mind. To begin with, with Saturn in his final days in retrograde motion in your romantic sector there is a strong sense of romantic nostalgia in the air, but not the kind you view through rose coloured glasses. Saturn is policing the past, making sure that when he turns direct on the 13th August no old ghost's follow that won't have a valid and authentic role in your future and it is his final days in retrograde motion that allows you to lay any old ghosts to rest. This is also a time for taking responsibility for the past, just as the love gods are executing a major comeback. It begins just as Saturn moves into his final 10 days in retrograde motion, with Mars' return on the 3rd August all of a sudden shocking your romantic passions and fighting spirit back into life. Usually returning after a two month absence this can take Mars weeks, if not the whole six weeks he will normally spend here to pull off, but having just retrograded back out in late May all he has done is put them on hold. It is as though your love life has a pause button that was hit in late May, only to have it released in the early days of August. With Saturn in retrograde motion until the 13th August this will hold things back, but once he turns direct there will be no stopping romantic forces that have until late September to work their magic. With the Moon in your romantic sector from the 12th August to the 14th August romantically charged lunar vibes will be in effect as the tide turns on the 13th August, leaving you with no excuses to hide behind.
While Venus will spend time in three different areas of your chart this month, she will spend the majority of time where you want her most, in Virgo. Moving into the new month Venus, planet of love will be in her final days in a nostalgic part of your chart and you'll be in the final days of a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. While Venus' return to Virgo on the 6th August to begin a new cycle of love will break that nostalgic spell, Pluto in his last full month in retrograde motion in your romantic sector will keep the doors open to the past and second chances. Not due to leave your sign until the 30th August Venus will spend the majority of the month here, giving you the confidence to fuel your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year, ironically looking to the future on both fronts at a time when all the planets in your romantic sector and relationship sectors are in retrograde motion. The Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 14th August to the 16th August and to your relationship sector from the 19th August to the 21st August, will all play out while Venus is in your sign and will go a long way towards helping you to redefine your romantic and relationship desires and expectations for your new solar year, which begins on the 23rd August. If there is any urgency this month it is on the communication front, for despite the fact that you will have Mercury, planet of communication in your sign all month, with Mars leaving your communication sector on the 6th August there is a need to fight to ensure the communication lines are open from the get go.
While matters of the heart have just the Moon's monthly visit to your romantic sector, from the 16th August to the 19th August to rely on, you have reached an important relationship month, with the relationship gods engaged throughout the month. This makes those days when the Moon moves through your romantic sector and there are romantically charged lunar vibes in effect even more important. Yet there is no doubt that this month belongs to the relationship gods, but it comes with support from the communication gods that is going to grow and change as the month progresses, especially in the first half of the month. Uranus only turned retrograde in your relationship sector on the 30th July, so while August is his first full month in retrograde motion, as you move into the month this is still very new and you're still adjusting to the focus now being on the past. However to that end you've got some real support, for while Uranus is spending his early weeks in retrograde motion in your relationship sector Saturn is spending his final weeks in retrograde motion in your communication sector, with the two working together. Until Saturn turns direct on the 13th August there will not only be a chance to give your relationships a voice, but the past and unsaid words a voice. Mars' return to your communication sector on the 3rd August will boost both the support from the communication gods and their ability to push through barriers, with some real breakthroughs possible. With Mars not leaving your communication sector until the 27th September, this is something that will continue to strengthen throughout the month, but is likely to be put to the test when the Moon moves through your relationship sector from the 21st August to the 23rd August. This will always push buttons and evoke emotional responses, but the real test is your willingness to work with the communication gods to turn this into an opportunity for a breakthrough.
The challenge you have this month is that while the love and relationship gods are in a strong position and are definitely in the game this month, they are being overshadowed by what is likely to be a game changing professional month. The money and professional gods come together to make August a spectacular month across the income, work and career fronts and while the love and relationship gods are definitely on the job, they are not nearly as vocal or as urgent and therefore easier to forget or ignore. This creates the danger of letting life become all work and no play or thinking that you don't have time to make either matters of the heart or your relationships a priority. With Ceres spending her first full month in your relationship sector she's in the early weeks of a mission to redefine your relationship needs and priorities, one that will take until February 2017. If you want to put this on hold you won't get any complaints, but it will be your loss. At the same time, with all planets in your romantic sector in retrograde motion, while they are holding the doors open to the past and second chances, they won't be shanghaiing you against your will. What you have is the opportunity to make this a special month for both matters of the heart and your relationships, but in a way that this is something on a menu that you can pick from should and when you want. The real tragedy would be to let the love and relationship gods stand back, underemployed. There are some exceptions and they will be when the Moon visits your romantic sector from the 19th August and your relationship sector from the 23rd August to the 25th August, when strong emotional responses will draw you in.
While you have a fairly low key month for relationship matters, with only the Moon's monthly visit to your relationship sector from the 25th August to the 27th August putting any focus on your relationships, romantic matters have an opportunity for something special and the timing couldn't be better or worse. The good news is that with Uranus, planet of surprise, synchronicity and the unexpected in his first full month in your romantic sector the doors have opened to the past and second chances, with a sense of romantic nostalgia in effect from the get go. Uranus only turned retrograde on the 30th July, so this is very new as you move into the month and something you are just adjusting to. A potent mix of romance, nostalgia and adventure in the air during the early days of the month should see you excited about the journey ahead during the early days. The bad news is that this happens just as you move into the most important professional months of the year, with income, work and career forces coming together to make lucky Jupiter's last full month in your career sector count. However, while there is a danger that you could let the spirit of romance fall off your radar and forget to make matters of the heart or the doors open to second chances a priority, fortunately the love gods aren't going to forget about you or let you fall off their radar, ready to surprise you when and where you least expect. The Moon will do its bit to bring the spirit of romance to the fore during its visit to your romantic sector from the 21st August to the 23rd August, but expect plenty of competition from the professional gods.
While the impact is subtle, there is a definite campaign by the love gods to bring the spirit of romance and adventure into play and the timing couldn't be better. Aware that Jupiter's return to your career sector next month will kick off your biggest and most important professional year in over a decade, the love gods are getting in first, at a time of year you would not normally expect to see them. The Sun left your romantic sector in late May and all the planetary activity for the year was supposedly over by mid June, but it was Ceres' return last month that saw the love gods slip in through the back door. Though only a dwarf planet and without the clout of a fully fledged planet, don't underestimate Ceres, especially as she will have the backup of fellow goddess of the solar system Venus, working with her for the majority of the month. While Ceres works to evoke your romantic yearnings and get to the bottom of what your heart really craves, Venus will spend from the 6th August to the 30th August in an adventurous part of your chart, where she'll bring the spirit of romance and adventure together. Just a month before a major new professional chapter begins the love gods are getting in first to bring the spirit of romance and adventure in play, already working to guard against life becoming all work and no play. While the love gods will have your attention all month, the Moon will start the month in your relationship sector and then return again from the 27th August to the 29th, each time bringing a chance to reconnect with a sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you developed over recent months.
With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in your relationship sector the focus is always going to be on your relationships at this time of year, but it's because the relationship gods will have packed up and moved on by the end of the month that makes this all the more urgent this year. Last year you had Venus spend an extraordinary amount of time here, Mars move through and Jupiter wrapping up a yearlong visit, whereas this year the relationship gods have spent the very bare minimum of support, just enough to perform your annual relationship update. Mercury, planet of communication left your relationship sector on the 31st July, just hours before you moved into the month, so there is no excuses for not having the communication lines open from the get go. With the relationship gods leaving with the Sun on the 23rd August and you and your relationships on your own after that, having the communication lines open is not only essential, but is now your responsibility. While Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships will leave your relationship sector on the 6th August, she'll be here during a New Moon on the 3rd August that brings a chance to commit to your relationships, the future and the journey ahead. By this point you should have a clear sense of what you want from your relationships, with the Sun working until he too leaves on the 23rd August to look at what your relationships need from you. It is a Full Moon on the 18th August that could bring personal and/or relationship tensions to a head during the Sun's final days, but as your personal and relationship needs clash, this is more a last minute push to ensure you're paying attention. After a New Moon on the 3rd August the Moon will come full circle, returning on the 29th August to check back in.
While the Sun's return to your relationship sector each August is always going to put the spotlight on your relationships at this time of year, the reality is that it has never been off them since last year's update. What you have this month is the start of your annual relationship review, coming just as your biggest, most important but also the most potentially challenging relationship year in over a decade moves into the home straight. While the Sun won't return to your relationship sector until the 23rd August the relationship gods will be on the job from the get go and with Jupiter here since August 2015 but due to leave on the 9th September, his last full month is all about bringing this powerful relationship year home. Yet while you've been on this relationship journey for a year now, the 1st August is going to feel like Day 1, because when it comes to the push to bring everything together, it really is. Until Mercury's return to your relationship sector on the 31st July the focus has been on the big picture, with the relationship gods lining everything up to a point where all you had to do was bring everything together. The 1st August is Mercury, planet of communication's first full day in your relationship sector and as well as returning to boost numbers, he's here to give your relationships a voice. Normally spending just 15 days working to get the communication lines open Mercury won't leave until October, with communication now an integral part in the journey ahead. Your relationships get a real boost when Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships returns to your relationship sector on the 6th August, where until the 30th August she'll work to put the magic back into your relationships and to make Jupiter's final weeks here count. If you do find personal and/or relationship tensions rise as the month progresses, it is not only important to keep the communication lines open, but to see this as your own needs being defended. Until the end the gods will be bringing home the importance of having the right balance between your personal and relationship needs.